As lockdowns and business closures across the nation drag on, many small business owners are looking with disdain upon big-box retailers allowed to conduct business as normal—and the governments that deemed them “essential” in the first place.
According to Fox News, hundreds of protesters lined the streets of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to protest the oppressive stay-at-home orders of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
Among them was Brittany Allen, a Strasburg small business owner who had to lay off her nearly 40 employees as a result of the economic shutdown.
In an interview with Breitbart, Allen wondered why big-box retailers are able to continue selling children’s clothes while she was forced to shut down and declared that stores like Target and Walmart “shouldn’t be allowed to sell kids clothes if I can’t.”
Allen, who owns Fashion Cents Consignment, said she applied for a waiver to do small party shopping and curbside pickup but was ultimately denied.
She told Breitbart:
It was all very quick. I didn’t really have time to prepare my employees about what was going to happen. We had to lay everybody off. I had some money saved up, but I had a mortgage, and I had, you know, electric and utilities to pay, and I didn’t have any way to keep anyone back on payroll. And it was really rough for everybody.
“We will be able to recover but it is going to be hard,” she added, calling it a “horrible situation for everybody.”
“Why can’t we open businesses safely?” Allen continued. “Why can’t I do small party shopping? Why can’t I do curbside? It doesn’t make any sense. Why is Target and Walmart allowed to sell kids’ clothing when I have to be shut down? It’s just not right.”
“The big-box stores are going to be ok, you know, they’re going to end up ok over this, and small businesses are going to have to close,” Allen warned.
Allen’s timely statements came within days of Congress approving an additional $484 billion in small business funding during the economic shutdown, but, as we recently reported, this is far from an ideal fix.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul elaborated his opposition to the small business stimulus bill in a fiery speech delivered on the Senate floor this week.
“I don’t want to see this massive accumulation of debt destroy this great country,” said Paul, who himself recently recovered from COVID-19. “So my advice to the Senate and to the American people is, let’s be aware of what we’re doing by creating all this new debt and let’s think before we jump to a terrible, terrible conclusion.”
“No amount of bailout dollars will stimulate an economy that is being strangled by quarantine!” Paul proclaimed. “It is not a lack of money that plagues us, but a lack of commerce!”
According to Politico, banking officials warned current lending rates will likely result in the additional stimulus funds being depleted in a matter of days.
“This is going to go within, at most, 72 hours,” said Richard Hunt, the president of the Consumer Bankers Association. “But the odds are more like 48 hours.”
Folks, we can’t carry on like this. For the government to simply throw more money (that it doesn’t even have) at the problem is little more than a band-aid on an economy that is bleeding out. Our economy, including businesses both large and small, will not recover until state governments release their chokehold on it.
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